Last year's top draft pick Taijuan Walker made his debut last night for Class A Clinton. And like many first professional games, there were some rough spots and a few moments of brilliance. Walker pitched four innings, giving up four runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts and a wild pitch.
Still, the kid throws 95-98 mph and has a power curve. GM Jack Zduriencik got very excited about him a week ago in Detroit, raving about his athleticism and work ethic.
The Tacoma Rainiers won their first series of the season, taking 3 of 4 from the Tucson Padres. Center fielder Franklin Gutierrez was taken out of the lineup early in the game because of very wet conditions. Dustin Ackley had three more walks in last nights game. He leads the PCL with 25 walks and it was his 10th multi-walk game.
Double A Jackson solid effort from starter Kenn Kasparek, who improved to 4-1 on the season, in a 3-2 win. Kasparek pitched 6 2/3 innings allowing one run on four hits with five strikeouts and a walk
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Class A High Desert fell to Modesto 10-6, losing its fourth straight game. James Gillheeney had a rough outing, going just 3 1/3 inning and giving up six runs (four earned) on six hits with four walks and two strikeouts.